Lecture: Gowan’s Art Books

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November 6, 2023 @ 5:00pm 6:00pm

Join us for a deep dive lecture by Dr. Miguel Escribano as we discuss Salvador Dalí’s use of Gowan’s Art Books.

In the book by Dalí, Secret Life, Dalí acknowledges the importance and influence of Gowan’s Art Books, telling the story of how he would spend days at home as a child contemplating and flipping through the books, coming to “know by heart all those pictures of the history of art.”

Gowan’s and Gray published 52 small-volume art books between 1904 and 1914, each containing 60 small black and white photographic reproductions of paintings by great art masters.

Dr. Escribano will show that many of these reproductions were the source for images that Dalí used in his popular surrealist paintings—after all, apart from their place in art history, these books were childhood memories for Dalí, as well as objects of psychoanalytical scrutiny.

Location: The Dalí Museum’s Will Raymund Theater or live on YouTube (link below)

Register to attend in person at the link below. This event is free, with limited capacity. An event ticket is required for entry. Gallery access is not included.

To watch the live stream from home, click below at the time of the program:

Miguel Escribano, Visiting Scholar

Dr. Miguel Escribano completed both his Masters degree and his PhD under the supervision of Professor Dawn Adès at the University of Essex, UK—both with theses on Salvador Dalí. He now lives in Sweden where he runs an art centre, KonstVerket, and is chairman of the local art society. He is a practicing artist and maintains his academic interest, publishing articles and lecturing when possible.

Dr. Escribano was awarded The Dalí Museum Fellowship for 2021-22, but was unable to travel to St. Petersburg at that time. He is now able to visit and will be giving two talks presenting some of the findings of his research.